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Disney World offers online 3D viewing option, using Google Earth

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Published: June 5, 2008 at 10:48 AM

If you've got the Google Earth software on your computer, Disney World has announced instructions on how you can see Disney World online in 3D.

Go to the link above for instruction, or just open the lastest version of Google Earth, search for Disney World, click on the gold mouse ear logo in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon, then click on the "click here to see Disney World in 3D" link to download and build the 3D images to your computer.

Then you just navigate as usual in Google Earth, with close to the ground images now available in 3D. I found that the imagery took a while to download and resolve on my DSL connection, and many remained a bit "cartoony." But it's still a fun way to kill way too much time online.

If you don't have Google Earth, you can get 2-D aerial views of Disney World, as well as other major U.S. theme parks, using Theme Park Insider's Google Map of U.S. theme parks. That's embedded on our Theme Park Ratings and Reviews. Just click the "SAT" option at the top of the map, then navigate into the parks you want to see. You can also see those aerial views in the Google Map by clicking on the links in the "Location" section on various park detail pages. (Find those links by clicking the park names in the column to the right).

Readers' Opinions

From Dan Rosenberg on June 5, 2008 at 11:48 AM
That is really cool. Knowing Disney they will probably see is its popular with Disney World first and then do it with all the disney parks.
From Bradley Robertson on June 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM
Thanks for providing the link! I read about this earlier but I couldn't find the link for it. I can't wait to try this at home (I've already had IT request me to remove Google Earth once so I can't do it at work).
From Deidre Dennis on June 6, 2008 at 9:30 AM
I tried to pull this up and install it last night at home but kept coming up with some type of error. I'll try it again this weekend when my tech-husband is home.

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